Monday, March 28, 2011
The walk to WalMart was wild…you have to just bravely step out in moped traffic with your child in arms and hope you make it, horns all the while beeping all around you. There was music coming from the streets and she would tic toc her head from side to side and just sing along…yes, she has my genes… WalMart was overwhelming. And boy did we get looked at! What are these white people doing kissing on this little Asian girl? That place is CRAZY…3 stories of it! So glad we brought most of her stuff and didn’t have to get much there. She wouldn’t ride in the cart at all – wanted to be held or to get down and walk with us holding her hands. We were there with our group (our guide and a family of 7 from Seattle), so it took a while! When we got home she was a bit overtired and was fussy and ready to eat and for bed. She honestly couldn’t hold out to meet her brothers on Skype…I’m sure had she known the treat she was in for, she would have J. She was out by 6:30 - needing a little help getting to sleep. What a big day for her, following her 10 hour commute to us….her first day with strange white people who speak a strange form of Chinese and can’t stop kissing her, new foods and smells, but WalMart, too…she was a trooper! Now it is 6:56 AM and we can hear her tossing and turning and sucking her finger. Tom and I are like 2 kids watching for Santa…waiting for her to wake-up…I’ve been listening out for her for about 2 hours now since she’s been making sweet little noises, and CAN’T WAIT for her to wake up and have her first- ever morning snuggles with Mommy and Daddy! It’s 12:15…the theme of this day has been “sleeping beauty.” She eventually woke up around 9 AM and looked at these light-eyed folks peering in her crib (cheesy-ly I’m sure) and then promptly fell back asleep. Poor little thing probably thought she was dreaming…this is not my orphanage and who are these people? We went ahead and scooped her up and she looked around and was back out on Daddy’s chest while we were wanting to skype with the boys…they’ve been so patient to just meet her by video and blog, as she has slept through so much of it. We quickly had to get to breakfast before the hotel buffet closed. She perked up to some seafood congee (mmm….bits of fish in gooed up gel-like rice) and watermelon, which she picked up herself but wanted us to put in her mouth for her while she dropped hers off the side and said “uh-oh-oh-oh.” So cute (and naughty, we realize)! Earlier in the meal, she dropped her sippy cup and saw that it got her attention. I think she knows the word drop now, even, because we’d say it to each other, and she’ll act out the cup going overboard. Smart little thing! We got back to the room for a bath and she started falling apart…so it was more of a rinse (and I got peed on – bonus)! She started that overtired crying again and was out… After a 14 hour night sleep, she was back to sleep by 11 AM and is still sleeping now (1.5 hours later) with no need for Tom and I to be especially quiet. Wow! So, most of our pics from today are of her sleeping sweetly. This need for sleep is expected after the huge stress of the past few days on her little self. Bless her heart! So glad the guide didn’t plan outings for us until 4 today…when we will attend a festival celebrating the different Chinese Nationalities…of which she is “Wa”…people who love music and dance and fire…fate!Digsby-Wa!